Local History

27 August 2014

Alan revisits his favourite Norfolk churches and imagines the role they would have played in the lives of his East Anglian ancestors

11 July 2014

Alan Crosby reflects on how the lives of his grandparents were irrevocably changed by the First World War, and what that means for him

20 July 2010

Our monthly blogger Alan Crosby sets off on a historical journey across the moors of Cheshire and Derbyshire

30 June 2010

Our regular columnist Alan Crosby takes a trip thousands of years into the past to explore what home life may have been like for our distant ancestors

06 May 2010

With election day finally here, our regular columnist Alan Crosby takes a look at the very different choices on offer for voters 200 years ago

29 April 2010

Our regular columnist Alan Crosby on the tricky business of learning more about the lives of the people behind the records

20 April 2010

Our regular columnist Alan Crosby on the challenges – and unexpected rewards – of dealing with documents that have been edited over centuries

13 April 2010

Alan Crosby laments the problems caused by constantly changing technology – but has come up with a surprisingly enjoyable solution

06 April 2010

Alan Crosby discovers how one man's hortcultural quest shaped the contents of generations of British gardeners

31 March 2010

Alan Crosby explores the historic landscape of the Berkshire Downs – and meets a three thousand year old horse